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Born in Ballard on February 1, 1936; died January 29, 2013 after a long, courageous struggle with cancer. Beloved husband to Mary for over 55 years, father of Ken (Susan) Melanson, Cathy (Tom) Mentele, Ron Melanson, and Chris Melanson. Gene was 'Grandpa' to Ken Engler, Walt Melanson, Ron Smith, Tabetha Bolanos, Christopher Melanson, Bradley Melanson, Kenny Mentele, Christy Mentele, Curtis Melanson, Katie Melanson and Kyle Mentele; Great-Grandpa to 6 with one more on the way. Also survived by brother Bill (Mae) Melanson, nieces Barbara (Ric) Morales, Terri (John) Oswald and many other relatives and friends. Gene loved his family and the simple things in life. He was a gentle man, a loving husband, a wise father, and an adoring grandfather. He was a lifelong car enthusiast, auto-racing fan, and enjoyed gardening, and the Seattle baseball teams. He grew up in Ballard and always called it home. Gene was a kind and wonderful person and will be greatly missed.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 10:30 AM at Wiggen & Sons Funeral Home, 2003 NW 57th St., Seattle. In lieu of flowers, Gene would have said: Spend the day with your family and watch the Daytona 500.
Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 1 to Feb. 2, 2013
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